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Old 06-28-2015, 01:35 AM   #1
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Off to Alaska...

Actually, we are already here/there, but I finally was able to get our blog updated. Adventures of Tanglewood: Our Alaska Adventure Begins
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Old 06-28-2015, 08:58 PM   #2
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Welcome to Alaska!

Are you going to cross the gulf, or is this a explore Southeast adventure??
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Old 06-28-2015, 10:02 PM   #3
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Old 06-28-2015, 10:54 PM   #4
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Thanks! We will just be in SE Alaska this year, but might go up to PWS next summer.
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Old 06-29-2015, 12:05 AM   #5
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I hadn't visited your blog since perhaps June 1st... Dang I had some serious catching up to do. Still need to go back and watch the pilot house tour videos.
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Mark, your first photo appears similar to the east side of Swindel Island in BC.
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Mark, your first photo appears similar to the east side of Swindel Island in BC.
No, it is in Tracy Arm, Alaska.
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Mark, your first photo appears similar to the east side of Swindel Island in BC.
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No, it is in Tracy Arm, Alaska.
He was close!!
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He was close!!
Al, how close in miles was "close"? Tracy is north of Juneau, well into SE Alaska.
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Please note that I said similar to. I did not suggest that the photo was actually of Swindel Island.

Mark, thank you for your reply. Unfortunately some are not able to ready very well.
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Al, how close in miles was "close"? Tracy is north of Juneau, well into SE Alaska.
South of Juneau, right?
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I hadn't visited your blog since perhaps June 1st... Dang I had some serious catching up to do. Still need to go back and watch the pilot house tour videos.
You only have catching up to do because I had catching up to do. I procrastinated on updates, then had no internet for a long stretch, then finally started writing everything off line. A few days ago I finally did a massive posting. But it's still about a week out of date. We are in Wrangell now and leave in a few hours for Petersburg, hopefully timing the currents correctly through Wrangell Narrows.
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South of Juneau, right?
Yes, Tracy Arm is considerably south of Juneau.
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Yes you need to time the tides in Wrangell Narrows and despite all the lighted nav aids you probably don't want to do that run at night. Done it many times on the when I worked on the ferries. It's a light show. All the lights on cans, buoys ect. Add their reflections off the water and it's real hard to tell one from another. Mark's never seen that.

Something far more stunning than the ice in Tracy Arm is Forjord's Terror down in the lower part of Endicott Arm .. next to Tracy Arm. Ford's Terror is a small inlet probably only receintly free of ice. Only a few minutes of slack water so you've got to come right back out or stay for 6 hours. The entrance is a dog leg so they call it the washing machine. A sort of a catamaran tour boat went in there out of Petersburg for years but it's long gone.
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Just a FYI...

I found that the charts of Wrangel Narrows to be spot on. I did it at dusk and agree with Eric that it is not something you really want to do at night.

On the plus side, at the northern end is Petersburg and the harbor is well lighted.
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Old 06-29-2015, 08:54 PM   #17
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We made it through Wrangell Narrows with no problem. Timed it perfectly and had maybe 1 kt of current behind us the whole way. We ate in Petersburg for a week, including the 4th for their celebration.
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Petersburg is my favorite Alaskan town.
To visit.
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We made it through Wrangell Narrows with no problem. Timed it perfectly and had maybe 1 kt of current behind us the whole way. We ate in Petersburg for a week, including the 4th for their celebration.
Wrangel has one of the best 4th of July celebrations I've seen. Seems 11 or 12 years ago the fire department who puts on the fire works display had a complete ignition of all the fireworks at once and damned near burned down the dock they use to the water. They went to school after the fire and the next year put on probably the best fire works display I've ever seen.
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The Petersburg 4th celebration is impressive. On our AK trip a few years ago our granddaughter joined in the parade and won $20 prize money. We all had a blast.

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